River pike

A few weeks ago I went on an outing with the PAC (Pike Angling Club) to a lake in West Yorkshire and learned lots of things from some very experienced pike anglers. Sadly, I also learned that my new Okuma reel was defective whilst trying to play what may have been my biggest ever pike by a country mile. Stripped thread caused the handle to fall off, let’s just leave it at that. Not one to hang about, the following week I purchased a new reel to go with my lightweight rod and some braid as everyone seems to rave about it for lure fishing.

The first trip out for this outfit was a likely spot on the Wharfe with Stu. We only had 3 or 4 hours but it was enough as I managed to catch a lovely little (well, not that little) fish on a 28g silver and blue spoon. New outfit Christened!

Wet grass makes a fine unhooking surface

I keep buying new, expensive lures but the good ol’ spoon is probably my most successful lure.

I know that most of my readers are fly anglers and honest I will, I absolutely will be doing some fly fishing soon. I’m loving the pike fishing but there’s grayling out there to be caught!

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